Did a teacher in school ever make you write "I will not talk in class", 200 times? When my daughter had to learn her multiplication tables, we worked and worked on them. I knew I had to find a way for her to really learn and retain them. So, one day she had done something that needed disciplining and I had her sit down and write her multiplication tables several times each. I used this as a discipline action from then on until she had them fully retained. To this day she credits that discipline to her learning and RETAINING them ..........and this summer she is using the same tactic on her 8 year old son.
In my day, the strap was used quite frequently.Although i never received it, i can say that whoever did receive it, usually got it more than once. Does this method of discipline teach a child the right way from the wrong? ABSOLUTLEY NOT. However, as a talker, I did get sent to the cloak room with tape on my mouth. I can assure that this was not a successful way to teach me to be more quiet. If teachers or parents want to discipline without violence and embarrassment, take away a favored pastime of privledge that your child likes for awhile, or why not get them to do extra help at school, or extra chores at home, help siblings or community etc?36379
My daughter (seven) cheated for the first time in second grade this year. The teacher didn't mark her down for cheating, so I had to come up with some type of punishment. I remembered my parents using the sentence writing with me, so I sat her down made her write a nice long sentence. Saying she won't cheat anymore and say sorry in it also. She had to turn it in, in front of the entire class, I made the teacher sign it also. It worked great she was so ashamed. I don't think she will do it again.36382
Funny....that's how my kids learned their multiplication, but writing the ones they had trouble memorizing 5x each. We did it daily the summer and by the end of summer the had them down pat. That was several summers ago. I personally never made learning/school work a disciplinary action. Just as I never made going to bed when they were very young a disciplinary action. I have no problem disciplining (my husband either) as he says, he can make our kids GO CORDLESS (or Amish) (no electronics, tv, etc...pretty much anything with a cord) for dicipline, and at this point - that works for us.36573
I WISH more parents would discipline their children starting at a young age. Not intimidate, threaten, beat, etc... but healthy disciplilne! The thing that gets me the most is the empty threats. My dad gave me some REALLY good advise when I had my first child, he said, "I am not going to tell you what to do or how to raise your child(ren), but I would advise that you NEVER threaten, simply DO and follow through each time". (which is how I was raised) That's how we discipline - we just do it, no idle threat. Of course we are not unreasonable, our kids know our rules and if it's a new rule, we are sure to make sure they understand the consequences. My kids aren't perfect, they definately try and 'argue' or 'negotiate' their way out of a punishment....but we stand firm (and yes it is VERY HARD sometimes) but I know the end result is that my kids understand Cause and Effect and when they get into the real world.....they will understand ramifications for not doing something that is suppose to be done. Thanks for letting me ramble!36574
I just recently came across this wonderful site all about kids in elementary school. They give great tips & advice (most through fun videos) on many different issues that might come up with kids in that age group There's also one on discipline that I thought was really helpful. Check it out:
I have to honestly say that making a child feel ashamed is not a healthy way AT ALL to discipline them or to teach them anything other than humiliation. It's not right in my opinion and I know I'm not aloen in that. I hope you & her teacher will reconsider another healthier method.36785
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